Oregon Zoo's hippos, Poppy and Bubbles, leaving after this weekend

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You only have a few days left to say goodbye to Oregon Zoo's two hippos, Mukenko and Kiboko, better known by their nicknames, Poppy and Bubbles.

The pair have been at the zoo for almost 20 years, and will be moved to Ft. Worth Zoo's new African Savanna area after March 18. To send them off, the zoo is offering keeper talks every day at 11:30 a.m. through the weekend.

“Even though it’s hard for us to say goodbye, this is a great move for Poppy and Bubbles and we are really happy for them,” curator Becca Van Beek said. “Hippos spend around two-thirds of their time submerged in water, and the new river feature at the Fort Worth Zoo looks amazing.”

Poppy was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1993, and Bubbles was born the same year at the San Antonio Zoo.

The Oregon Zoo is preparing to break ground on a new habitat for rhinos, one of 8 projects financed by the zoo bond measure.

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